Crisis Help

The resources below are available for teens who are being bullied or abused, feeling suicidal, or need emotional support during a time of crisis.

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Hotlines and Imediate Help

National Suicide Prevention Hotline- Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. Their website includes many resources including creating a safety plan, warning signs, knowing your rights, chat services, services for deaf and hard of hearing, and much more (800-273-8255 and online).

The Trevor Project- National, confidential support for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth in crisis. Connect with trained counselors via chat, text message, or phone (866-488-7386).

Loveisrespect.org- A resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. It is a project of Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Connect with peer advocates via chat, text message, or phone (866-331-9474).

National Safe Place- A youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. This initiative provides safe havens and resources for youth in crisis. If you need immediate help, please text "SAFE" and your location to 69866 for help.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)-The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence and help victims. Access local rape crisis centers and get confidential help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE and online).

Crisis Text Line- Free, 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis. Our crisis counselors practice active listening to help people in crisis move from a hot moment to a cool calm. Text “START” to 741741.

 

Information about Bullying

StopBullying.gov- Interactive activities to help teens understand how to get help if they are the target, the witness or the aggressor in a bullying situation.

Bullying and CyberBullying- Massachusetts laws & regulations about bullying. Includes resources.

Speaking OUT Against Bullying- Resources from the American Library Associate for teens in trouble (and the people who care for them!).

STOMP Out Bullying- A national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens.

 

Substance Abuse Prevention
Natural High- A national nonprofit organization inspiring youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol.

The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline- A state run resources for finding licensed and approved substance use treatmeant and recovery services. This is a free service that is not connected to any treatment facility, their goal is to match you with the best treatment option for your situation. 
You can call them Monday-Friday from 8am-10pm and 8am-6pm weekends. The Helpline is open on all holidays (800-327-5050).


Teen Issues Book Lists
Find fiction book suggestions in our Teen Issues Book Lists that address topics such as sexual abuse, suicide, bullying, and depression. You can also find more books using NoveList, Literature Resource Center, and Goodreads.